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"John Locke’s Christianity", by Diego Lucci

October 24, 2020

Diego Lucci is a Professor of Philosophy and History at the American University in Bulgaria. He is the author of two book-length monographs and over forty journal articles and book chapters. His 2008 monograph “Scripture and Deism” is a widely cited classic on English deism, whereas his 2012 book on the Enlightenment debate on Jewish emancipation is an important contribution to the study of Jewish-Gentile relations in eighteenth-century Europe. He is also the co-editor of four volumes, among which are two collections of essays in English – “Atheism and Deism Revalued” (2014) and “Casanova, Enlightenment Philosopher” (2016).

About his latest book:

John Locke's religious interests and concerns permeate his philosophical production and are best expressed in his later writings on religion, which represent the culmination of his studies. In this volume, Diego Lucci offers a thorough analysis and reassessment of Locke's unique, heterodox, internally coherent version of Protestant Christianity, which emerges from The Reasonableness of Christianity and other public as well as private texts. In order to clarify Locke's views on morality, salvation, and the afterlife, Lucci critically examines Locke's theistic ethics, biblical hermeneutics, reflection on natural and revealed law, mortalism, theory of personal identity, Christology, and tolerationism. While emphasizing the originality of Locke's scripture-based religion, this book calls attention to his influences and explores the reception of his unorthodox theological ideas. Moreover, the book highlights the impact of Locke's natural and biblical theology on other areas of his thought, thus enabling a better understanding of the unity of his work.

-          Provides a comprehensive examination of Locke's religious thought

-          Examines and clarifies Locke's religious ideas by taking into account his influences, motivations, and legacy

-          Elucidates the originality, heterodoxy and internal coherence of Locke's version of Christianity

'Many books have asserted the importance for Locke of his Christian convictions. Now at last we have a comprehensive and authoritative reconstruction of Locke’s theology. Embedded as deeply in the archive as in Locke’s published works, Diego Lucci’s book is a model of exposition and interpretation.'

Mark Goldie - University of Cambridge

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